Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement because of hazy, smoky conditions caused by wildfires almost 2,000 kilometres away. “Smoke from active forest fires in northwestern Ontario has moved over southern Ontario. Elevated particulate matter levels and hazy conditions have been reported at several stations. Reduced visibilities and deteriorating air quality are possible if the smoke descends to ground level,” Environment Canada said. The statement warns people to take precautions to reduce exposure to wildfire smoke. The statement covers the entire southern portion of Ontario and a great deal of northern Ontario and parts of western Quebec as well. Gatineau is under a smog warning. “Smog especially affects asthmatic children and people with respiratory ailments or heart disease. It is therefore recommended that these individuals avoid intense physical activity outdoors until the smog warning is lifted,” Environment Canada warned.